The PAA is thrilled to announce our headline presenters for the PAA Conference 2023! We’re very excited that Alexandra Bohlinger and Brett Howard will both be joining us in Melbourne from 25 to 27 August.
Alexandra, brings her many years of experience and knowledge as an internationally recognised, classically trained Pilates teacher, taught by Joseph Pilates’ protege Romana Kryzanowska.
Brett, Owner and Director of the Pilates Haus, was certified by the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program, also under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska, and trained extensively with Pilates Elders Mary Bowen, Jay Grimes and Lolita San Miguel and many others.
Read their full biographies below.
Save the date: the conference will take place on 25-27 August 2023 at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne.
Stay tuned for more details and announcements as we get closer to the big day!
Introducing Alexandra Bohlinger
Alexandra is an internationally recognised, classically trained Pilates teacher, taught by Joseph Pilates’ protege Romana Kryzanowska. She has been teaching the classical method of Pilates for almost 20 years. She also holds a Masters in Osteopathy from the British School of Osteopathy in London UK, and runs a combined Manual therapy clinic and Pilates studio in Michigan US.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Alexandra moved to New York at the age of 19 to study and pursue a career in dance. While working as a personal trainer and teaching dance classes, she desired to improve her ballet skills, and was introduced to the authentic classical method of Pilates. After her first lesson, she devoted her life to mastery of the Method. She studied at the legendary Drago’s New York Pilates studio, where she trained under and was certified by Romana Kryzanowska, who was Joe Pilates’ protégé. Alexandra has also studied with Romana’s daughter Sari Mejia Santo, Edwina Fontaine, Jerome Weinberg, Cynthia Shipley, Bob Liekens and completed a number of session and workshops with Jay Grimes.
After graduating under Romana in NYC, where worked, she moved to California where she worked with the famous Mari Winsor in Beverly Hills. She eventually opened her own studio, True Pilates Manhattan Beach located in Los Angeles, while continuing to perform ballet at the prestigious Colburn School of Dance and Music. Her clients include celebrity artists, actors and elite athletes, and real people wanting to improve their body through Pilates.
Alexandra is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a certified Personal Trainer. She credits authentic classical Pilates with helping her ballet technique improve as well as helping her get back into great shape after three successful pregnancies and now keeping up with her three children.
Alexandra studied Sport Science at Durham University and taught Pilates to the Durham University Ballet Company with whom she also performed. Alexandra earned her Masters in Osteopathy in London UK at the British School of Osteopathy, to deepen her knowledge of the body and to better serve her clients.
Alexandra travels nationally and internationally teaching workshops and conferences to help Pilates teachers deepen their knowledge of the Pilates Method in their own bodies and their teaching. She has also produced numerous videos for Pilatesology and for Pilates Anytime.
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Introducing Brett Howard!
Brett Howard is an Owner and Director of the Pilates Haus. He is the Director of Education and a Senior Teacher of Teachers of the Classical Pilates USA Teacher Certification Program (formally the United States Pilates Association™). He is also the Director of Education of the Classic Pilates Institute in South Korea.
Brett Howard was certified by the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska in 1998. He has trained extensively with Pilates Elders Mary Bowen, Jay Grimes and Lolita San Miguel, as well as Master Teachers Bob Liekens, Sari Mejia Santo, Kathy Corey, Carey Regan, Phoebe Higgins, Blossom Crawford, Deborah Lessen and Steve Giordano. He is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher. He is a co- author of the book Pilates for Children and Adolescents and a contributing essay author of the book Voices of Classical Pilates. He is featured in the Pilates book, The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning and has appeared and contributed articles in Pilates Style Magazine. He is a “Distinguished Instructor” and “Legacy Curator” on Pilates Anytime and is an Instructor on Pilatesology, both are global online Pilates Studios, created for people all over the world to explore Pilates with highly skilled, well-trained instructors.
Brett Howard has taught workshops all around the United States as well as Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, England, Finland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland. He has created a Pilates curriculum for children that can be implemented in schools as well as the private sector.
Brett Howard holds a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development and a B.F.A. in Dance from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. He has done a large amount of coursework in Anatomy and Biomechanics, training under Irene Dowd and Lynn Martin.
Brett Howard has danced for the Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company, Mary Seidman and Dancers, Stephan Koplowitz, Tarin Chaplin, Hemiko Minota, Renata Celichowska, Susan Koff and the Faun Dance Troupe. He is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Dance Company Brett Howard and Company, which he founded in 2001.
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